About SMART Recovery support-groups

Definition Of Smart


A popular alternative just like Alcoholics Anonymous which is a 12 step group is SMART. SMART is also helpful for people were looking forward to overcoming co-occurring disorders like anxiety and depression.

SMART, or Self-Management and Recovery Training, is a support program aimed at people who suffer from addictions and conduct disorders. It helps people to gain control over their addictive behaviour by using the method of focusing on their underlying thoughts and feelings.

Participants of SMART groups master skills which enable them to manage their urges and cravings in the long run.


SMART continually updates its techniques, which are based on present-day scientific achievements related to recovery from addictions.


SMART's current and updated techniques have been proven to provide excellent results.

SMART has been recommended by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the American Academy of Family Physicians as being one of the successful methods of beating dependency.


How Smart Works

SMART is a self-empowering program which is quite different from the 12-step program where the participants have to admit that they have no power over their addiction. Volunteers who have received the training provide assistance to the participants to examine their specific behaviour and to locate the problems that need maximum attention. The patients then learn how to take mastery over those negative habits. Cognitive behavioural techniques and motivational enhancement are some of the methods used in SMART. There are 4 point that are involved in these program that the addicts follow.



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The 4 Part Programme

SMART has a Recovery Handbook that explains each of the 4 points in its program There are also advice and exercises to help to maintain a sober life in that book.

The 4-point program is not a step-by-step program. They just need to adhere to all the steps and not necessarily required to follow in step form.

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  • Maintaining And Building Motivation
  • The most important point is that one must be convinced they want to attain sobriety forever.
  • Participants are encouraged to make a list of priorities and weigh the costs and benefits of using the drugs versus being sober.
  • Dealing With Cravings
  • The causes for the desires to use the drugs are also explained on the second point of the program.
  • The participants learn to use methods like various distraction techniques to suppress cravings.
  • Also, participants find and cope with irrational visions of urges to use the substance.
  • Handling Thoughts, Behaviours And Feelings
  • Point 3 educates participants about the need to prevent relapse by an examination of the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that can lead to drug use.
  • The recovering users are taught to accept their conditions and how to deal with matters such as depression.
  • Living A Good Life
  • The decision to stay sober leads to a drastic change of one's lifestyle.
  • It is, therefore, essential that one learns how to live a fulfilling life that is also drug-free.
  • At point four, all participants make a thorough inventory of their priorities.
  • The recovering users are also shown how to set goals for themselves and how they can make plans for their future.

Comparison To The 12 Stage Plans

The SMART 4-Point and the 12-Step programs do share some similar approaches. Each program facilitates recovering of alcohol and drug addicts by having them work through a number of assignments aimed at beating their addiction. Both programs are private in nature and ensure that the identity of the participant remains confidential within the meetings. Also, with the help of both programs, lots of people have won a victory over their addiction.

The basic difference between SMART and 12-step programs is in how these program define addiction.

The people that are dependant on the drugs are not said to be "addicts" in the SMART program. This is because there is a lot of negativity associated with these title. The duration taken for recovering from the addiction is not long in the SMART technique. One can easily stop the addiction when they are ready.

Sometimes, people do not join a 12-step group on their own accord simply because they don't like the idea of admitting their powerlessness and submitting to some higher power. It is the willingness of a person to overcome the dependence that is used in the SMART program.

In both programs, strong and helpful support is available. The individual has the option of determining what is best for him or her. There is no one size fit all program; SMART says, "What works for one person in one situation may not work for another in the same position."


Recovery Completion

One can overcome addiction when in the SMART program as soon as they are ready. The chances of a person going back to the drugs is minimal when the are on the SMART program.

In the final stages of recovery participants will begin to experience overall self-control over their lives and will no longer feel tempted to use the drugs again, and this is a belief which is held by SMART.

Once the SMART participants come to the last step, they have all necessary skills to live a sober life.


Is Smart Right For You

SMART was created to help people suffering from any kind of addiction. Besides, it can be beneficial for individuals with other addictive behaviours, like eating disorders and compulsive gambling. Those with secondary problems stemming from drug or substance abuse such as mental sickness and emotional problems will also find help at a SMART centre.